DFDS ferry in bad seas

Christmas calling: France, here I come

As the song says, what a difference a day makes. Or, more accurately, what a difference two days make – but that doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. Either way, I’ve just saved over £120 on my ferry fare by switching my travel dates.

Family health issues meant we weren’t able to spend Christmas in France last year. However, we figured we would get away this year, assuming there was no reason not to.

Our parents are well – or as well as people in their late 70s and early 80s can be – so we’re good to go.

Flexibility with your travel dates appears to be paramount if you are looking to snaffle a bargain on your fare. I hadn’t appreciated quite how much difference it would make to the price.

Christmas falls on a Thursday this year, so we intended to go the weekend before, travelling by ferry from Newhaven to Dieppe. We know that taking the overnight ferry gives us a head start on our journey down, so we planned to book for the late crossing on Friday 19 December. We would return on the evening ferry on Sunday 4 January.

“Flexibility with your travel dates appears to be paramount if you are looking to snaffle a bargain on your fare”

Those dates would have cost us £200. Yet, we could see that if we travelled a day earlier on the way out and a day later on the way back, the fare would be just £78.

Obviously, we have had to run it by work, but we both got the OK. So, Bergerac, here we come. Now all we need to do is find somewhere to stop overnight en route there and back.

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